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Tarkwa Bay: The Treasure Island in Lagos

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The Lagos coast is dotted with islands. The resident of these islands’ main occupation is fishing. Accessibility is only by water, using speed boats or canoes with fitted speed engines. These islands have been left behind when it comes to economic progress but over time, they have come to be known for their tourism potentials. Along the Atlantic coast and the Lagos lagoon, we have such islands as Tarkwa Bay, Ilashe, Ibeshe to mention a few. Like other beaches in Lagos, their pristine white sands are a beauty and gradually, these island beaches are becoming not just tourist spots but luxurious havens.

The island beach of Tarkwa Bay is right along the water way of the incoming ships going to dock their shipments at the Lagos port in Apapa. It is nestled between two manmade walls of rocks. These pile of rocks buffer the waves of the ocean currents thereby creating a bay calm enough for swimming. Though this island is known for a whole lot of vices, it is still one of the most serene and beautiful beaches I know, unspoilt by too many developments unlike the other more accessible beaches.

To get to Tarkwa Bay, you will have to take a boat ride from any of the jetties along the marina and Victoria Island. I usually pick my ride from the Bonny Jetty which is just by the bridge after bonny camp bus stop. This place is a military zone and has a parking lot. With a token fee of about N200, you are assured of the safety of your vehicle while on the island. Another reason I do this is because the boat operators here are mainly members of the Tarkwa Bay community and it is a way to help them make a living. Their boats are basic wooden structures with fitted engines so if you are looking for a more luxurious craft, you’ll have to seek your ride further along Victoria Island. As much as I love this beach, I prefer to go with a party which is usually cheaper. Haggling of fare is allowed though the price range is usually between N300 – N500 per person for a single trip.

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There are two sides to getting on the island: the jetty that leads straight into the village and the bay access directly to the beach. So when visiting, ensure you are taken directly to the beach. Most often, visitors are dropped close to beach in the surfs so ensure you are wearing easily removable footwear. However, As you step off the boat into the waters, the sight that you behold is that of boats resting on the sandy beach and boys and men loafing, awaiting the arrival of tourists and beach lovers to lend a helping hand for a token, and pristine and clear ocean waters washing and breaking upon the white sands all around you.

Getting on the sands, you are accosted by urchins and asked to pay for a ticket. While this is not an entrance fee, sometimes you may not be able to talk your way through hence; you may have to part with some money. Here, your bargaining powers come to play. With no serious jobs on the island, the youths of the community appreciate the livelihood derived from the beach. While some of the youths of the community have taken to extortion from tourists as a livelihood others provide services for a fee.

Tents and chairs are arranged in one long strip across the beach. These are charged by how many seats are needed for your party. It is important to say here, that to enjoy the beach, you should come with your picnic fares and games. This is because the island lacks electricity so things such as drinks and snacks are quite exorbitant at the beach. Everything they need is bought and brought from the mainland for sale. Common vendors found around the beach are coconut sellers, swim wear vendors and Art work vendors.

For fun, you can take a walk to the village or around the beach, play beach volleyball with a ready net, and swim. There is an available crudely constructed changing booth for a fee or simply sit back under the shade of your tent and have a relaxing afternoon. Though this beach is accessible only by water, the tourist traffic has never ceased to amaze me!

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This article was written by Adedolapo George

Adedolapo George is a vibrant member of the Naijatreks Team. She is a Zoologist, Social Media Manager, Foodie and Photographer. She is an avid learner and traveler. Seeing the world beyond the stereotype is her ultimate motivation for whatever she does.   'Naijatreks' is a product name registered under the Ntreks brand, which is also duly registered by Nigeria's Federal Corporate Affairs Commission. The contents on this blog are re-usable. However, it must be ensured that it is linked back to this blog, and correctly attributed to Naijatreks. Please do not edit, rewrite or commercialize the original works on this blog without direct and written permission from the Founder (Folarin Kolawole). For inquiries and advert placement on the blog, kindly contact us at info@naijatreks.com or naijatreks@gmail.com.

13 comments:

mccruztop4u@yahoo.com' TemitopeNovember 26, 2014 at 9:20 amReply

Hello,

please can i have the details of your requirement and price if i want to come with my team for team building
thanks

NaijatreksNovember 26, 2014 at 4:54 pmReply

Hi Temitope. Thanks for your interest in our tours. We will send you an email and we will take it on from there. Thanks

davide470@yahoo.com' DavidDecember 16, 2014 at 7:18 amReply

Interested too in the requirements and price, please

omenkachuks@hotmail.com' Omenka ChuksJanuary 30, 2015 at 7:11 amReply

Wow, i just came back from Tarkwa-bay and surprise to see Femi dog on internet and Baba Ibeji praying ball.

giwatolulola@gmail.com' tolu giwaFebruary 3, 2015 at 8:54 amReply

Please may I know the toll fee for a group of 100people for a picnic and also how much the boat cruise will cost for us from bonny camp to get to the bay? Thanks

omenkachuks@hotmail.com' Omenka ChuksFebruary 7, 2015 at 6:11 pmReply

Tolu Giwa, The site owner is the best person to answer your question, but if you want to hear from me, kindly contact me on omenkachuks@hotmail.com thanks

olayide4life@yahoo.com' olaideFebruary 7, 2015 at 7:04 pmReply

Pls may I know the entrance fee to the beach,with boat cruise for 20people. Thanks

Folarin KolawoleFebruary 10, 2015 at 7:55 pmReply

@Olaide and @Tolu Giwa…boat cruise to Takwa Bay costs between N1000 and N3000 if you want to use maritime service providers (at Bonny Camp, Victoria Island) and N500 if you want to use local fishermen (they’re also at Bonny Camp). Entry fee is negotiable as they are collected by local indigenes of the island; so it really depends on your power of negotiation when you arrive at the Island. However, make sure you go with everything you need to the beach. You may have to pay for tent and chairs when you get there. I hope we have been able to answer your questions :) Thanks for visiting Naijatreks!

ismailseedat1@gmail.com' IsmailMay 15, 2015 at 4:49 pmReply

Hi. I would like to take my family to Tarkwa Bay for the day. Please can you provide contact details for anyone I can get in touch with who will be able to take me there and back and also advise on total costs. Thanks

NaijatreksMay 16, 2015 at 10:02 pmReply

@Ismail… we are glad to know that you are interested in taking your family out to Takwa Bay beach. We do organize customized private tours to any location within Nigeria. If this is your interest, kindly send us a mail with your exact preferences to tours@naijatreks.com.

odavetelecomm@gmail.com' david idowuAugust 24, 2015 at 9:22 amReply

I am from Tarkwa bay beach, well famous trusted for booking and reservations, u can call dis number 08109443857

sadek4focus@yahoo.com' sadek adebowaleOctober 1, 2015 at 9:36 amReply

I wish to come and visit tarkwa bay beach,with my wife and kids,how will I go about it,am a lagosian….

How I Spent My Last Holiday || Tarkwa Bay Beach Hangout | How Moji Styled ItJanuary 22, 2016 at 8:09 amReply

[…] Okay, for those who don’t know, Tarkwa Bay is quiet Island beach on the shores of Lagos. It is beautiful, serene and the perfect place to get away from it all which is a total necessity for anyone who experiences the day to day stresses of living in Lagos. It is also extremely budget friendly; you only need some cash for your boat ride (about N400 per person) and to pay for your beach chair/shade rental (solely dependent on your bargaining abilities). I must warn you though, if you’re planning to go to Tarkwa bay, take your food and drinks along with you like we did because I didn’t catch a whiff of any food or drink vendors. Not even beach suya *sobs*. But I guess that’s one of the reasons why the place has remained so serene and unspoiled by too many developments like many other beaches in Lagos. You can learn more about Tarkwa Bay here […]

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